Have you seen the new movie that came out on Netflix, just at the beginning of the month, called Moxie? If you haven’t, I do recommend seeing it before getting into this post. I will try my best to avoid giving spoilers, but an alert is being issued just in case!

The very beginning of the movie had me so annoyed, I wanted to stop watching it. The plot develops in an American high school, portraying, as usual, the sexist jock that belittles others for no reason, and a school system that does nothing to change that. You even see a student going up to the director of the school to say she’s being harassed by the quarterback and the reaction she got was the director asking her to say that he was bothering her because that way she didn’t have to do anything. That just infuriated me to the bone.

The main character, Vivian, played by Hadley Robinson, begins to notice how sexist the school is, how badly women are treated, and how no one seems to do anything to change that. What inspires her to do something is when the new list of rankings made by students comes out, naming who has the “best ass”, “biggest rack”, “is the most bangable” and some other “attributes” I would rather not say as they are extremely disturbing.

She then starts an anonymous magazine that she leaves for her fellow female classmates to find in the bathroom to start spreading some female empowerment. Without giving a lot of spoilers to the story, the magazine is called Moxie and it begins to inspire some of the girls in the school to stand up for themselves and become more empowered.

I have to say that one dialogue stood out to me. It was between Vivian and Lucy, played by Alycia Pascual-Peña. Lucy is being bothered by and standing up to the school’s quarterback, Mitchell, who is played by the gorgeous Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Vivian is trying to “help out” with the situation. She says, “If you keep your head down, he’ll move on and bother somebody else”, to which Lucy replies “Thanks for the advice, but I’m going to keep my head up, high!” This dialogue felt perfect because we often try to hide as a protection mechanism as if other peoples’ behavior was dictated by us when it’s not.

The movie made me remember all the reasons I used to hate high school and also lit up that fire under me regarding women’s empowerment. Sexism is something that has always pissed me off, and the way it was represented in the movie definitely bothered me. But seeing women stand up for themselves and help each other was the best message the movie could have given. There’s only so long we should wait before we start taking action and trying to change things for the better.

By Bruna Gorresio